Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stella Maris Fishing Station 🎣 has been in business for over 65 years.

We love this Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn #bait and tackle shop's Coca-Cola privilege #sign and the glass bricks in its #storefront. 🐟🐑 Photo from 2009 appears in our book "Store Front II-A History Preserved".

Monday, September 26, 2016

Storefront: A Historic East Village Food Tour with James & Karla Murray


On Sunday October 9th at 12pm, join James and Karla Murray, authors and photographers of the critically acclaimed books, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, New York Nights and Store Front II-A History Preserved on this walking and tasting tour of some of their favorite East Village food establishments. Discover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.

Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets suffers in the process.  On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and Ukranian history of the East Village and try some fresh homemade Italian mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream or have a freshly roasted cup of coffee, taste a hot Ukranian potato pierogi with toppings, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog and tropical drink and taste a freshly baked Italian cannoli.

Enough food will be sampled so that for most people lunch afterwards is not needed.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Earlier today, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery.

We led a walking tour of the Storefronts of the East Village/L.E.S. today for a the Municipal Art Society of New York and stopped in Yonah Schimmel Knishery, which has been in business since 1910. Everyone on the tour learned the history of the knish which is baked fresh every day in the basement bakery of the storefront. Seen in this photo is Julie, one of the tour attendees, who also purchased Yonah's homemade yogurt, which is still made using the same yogurt culture that was brought over from Romania by Rabbi Yonah Schimmel in the late 1800s.

Bruckner Bar & Grill is located in the Mott Haven section of the South #Bronx.

The #bar and grill is housed in a former elevator repair factory and is one of the pioneering small businesses taking part in the revitalization of the South Bronx or "SoBro" which began in the late 1990s. We love it's oversize #neonsign with the martini glass 🍸which is animated. Photo from 2010 and full text appears in our book "New York Nights".

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hornstein's Stationery Store in Harlem

This one-stop shop for toys, cards, office supplies πŸ““ ✂️, sporting goods ⚽️🏈 πŸ€, gifts, games, bicycles 🚲, and stationery has a great #vintage #handpainted sign. We are not sure how they fit all those items into this small #store but the window displays were jam packed. Photo from 2004 appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York."